the inspiration 

Indian classical music is often a lonely affair involving 3 or 4 musicians at most. Sitarist Neel Murgai identified the canonic minimalist masterpiece as an accessible way for a critical mass of BRM musicians to play together. Terry Riley himself, after listening to an early performance recording, suggested they “use the basic In C form but open it up to solos…based on some of the patterns.” BRM’s arrangement of In C incorporates raga, Indian ornamentation, driving tabla rhythms, improvised solos and an instrumentation of sitar, sarod, bansuri, vocals, tabla, hammered dulcimer, oud, violin, cello, upright bass, dragon mouth trumpet, guitar, cajon, riq and frame drum.

Terry Riley composed In C in 1964, but this release marks the first time it has been performed and recorded by a group featuring so many Indian classical musicians and raga elements. The piece’s basic structure consists of 53 cells of music for any instrumentation, short fragments that each performer repeats, displaces and moves through at their own will. Terry Riley is a long time practitioner of Indian classical vocal music, having studied with Pandit Pran Nath, but he confirmed that “I have never heard an ensemble like this playing In C.” BRM brings the composition full circle with this unique rendition.

BRm: in c

BRM's version of “In C” puts a unique perspective on Terry's Riley's minimalist masterpiece, by emphasizing Indian Classical instrumentation.

[this video is] one of the most beautiful and heartwarming things I have seen recently. The extraordinary joyful humanity of the group shines through
— Terry Riley, November 2017

Album available now

released October 6, 2017on Northern Spy Records
Produced by Brooklyn Raga Massive
"In C" Composed by Terry Riley
Music Direction by Neel Murgai

Recorded Live at Joe's Pub at the Public
January 11, 2017

Mixing and Mastering - Kane Mathis
Recording Technician - Milton Ruiz
Sound Engineer - Jon Shriver 


in the press

"The most psychedelic album of 2017" -New York Music Daily

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